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    January 26, 2013
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>> matt damon. the extremely overrated matt damon. ran out of time. >> now, i am going to be making a few changes tonight. please welcome legendary actor andy garcia. are you prepared to be my faithful side kick? >> see, i brought my taser. >> oh, come on, man. >> i'm sorry. >> come on. >> forget it, matt, i couldn't do it to jimmy. >> you've never done this show? why not? >> he's just -- he's not classy. >> that is definitely the best takeover ever. and some of the best laughs. i love ben affleck turning up with the cue cards. he's said this for years. >> he deserves this. matt damon has taken a lot from
jimmy kimmel. it was a funny show. >> it was. >> good to see him get good revenge there. thanks so much for starting your morning with us. much more ahead on "cnn's saturday morning" which starts right now. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell, thanks for starting your morning with us. we start with lance armstrong this morning, and his response to a warning from the u.s. anti-doping agency. it is a big fat know. >> usada's chief says armstrong has until february 6th to testify about his drug use. then and only then will they even consider changing his lifetime ban. he also said to "60 minutes" about armstrong's assertions that he didn't really think he was cheating. >> it's amazing. i mean, this guy you could go to almost any kindergarten in this country or frankly around the world and find kids playing tag
or four square and ask them what cheating is. and every one of them will tell you it's breaking the rules of the game. no real athlete has to look up the definition of cheating. and it's offensive to clean athletes who are out there working hard to play by the rules. >> armstrong's attorney says his client has scheduling conflicts that will keep him from testifying in time. but he also says they don't think armstrong should testify before the u.s. agency anyway. they think the international doping agency is the one with the real authority. anonymous has declared war on the u.s. government after hacking the federal sentencing commission's website overnight. in a video they posted on that site along with a letter dressed to citizens of the world, anonymous is threatening chaos if the government doesn't meet their demands which includes limiting the power of the federal prosecutors to go after and, quote, destroy the lives of hacktivists. this month's suicide of web
activist schwartz triggered the latest attack. schwartz was facing charges and could've faced 35 years in prison. hillary clinton is wrapping up her time at the state department. this week, she testified before two congressional committees about benghazi. next week will be her last as secretary of state. she and her boss talked with "60 minutes" about her time on the job. >> why did you want to do this together? a joint interview? >> well, the main thing is, i just wanted to have a chance to publicly say thank you. i think hillary will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state we've had. it has been a great collaboration over the last four years. i'm going to miss her, wish she was sticking around. but she has logged in so many miles, i can't begrudge her wanting to take it easy for a little bit. but, i want the country to appreciate just what an extraordinary role she's played during the course of my administration. and a lot of the successes we've
had internationally have been because of her hard work. >> a few years ago, it would have been seen as improbable because we have that very long, hard primary campaign. but, you know, i've gone around the world on behalf of the president and our country. and one of the things i say to people because i think it helps them understand, i say, look, in politics and in democracy, sometimes you win elections, sometimes you lose elections, and i worked very hard, but i lost. and then president obama asked me to be secretary of state. and i said yes. and why did he ask me? and why did i say yes? because we both love our country. >> john kerry is the nominee to replace clinton. his confirmation could come as soon as tuesday. there's a new push in several states to change the way we count votes in presidential elections. the states in green are now considering using electoral votes tied to individual congressional districts. right now, they just use popular vote to decide the state.
virginia is one of those states where the republican-led legislature pushed ahead with election plans. but now governor bob mcdonnell says he won't support it. two other virginia legislators who originally supported the plan are also saying they won't pass it. republicans are trying to figure out how best to win back voters after losing the presidential election. they're holding a winter meeting in charlotte, north carolina. bobby jindal, well, he didn't hold back. >> we've got to stop being the stupid party. and i'm serious. it's time for a new republican party that talks like adults. it's time for us to articulate our plans and visions for america in real terms. it's no secret we had a number of republicans that damaged the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. i'm here to say we had enough of that. >> some expect jindal to be a presidential contender coming up in 2016. across the midwest and into
the northeast, forecasters predict bitterly cold, potentially deadly conditions this weekend. several inches of snow fell yesterday on parts of the upper midwest in the ohio valley. look at these people. just standing and sliding on the ice. now the arctic air has a grip on the east coast. is this supposed to be fun or dangerous? >> it's fun. >> it's always cool until someone hits their head. >> mom always says don't play ball in the house. >> and some superstorm sandy victims, they're not having fun. they still have no heat. >> yeah. even the tennessee valley and the carolinas are actually on ice, freezing rain caused more than 200 wrecks around charlotte and 100 flights were canceled. we're joined this morning by meteorologist alexandra steele. tell us what is in store for the next few days. >> all right. a few things happening. one, in terms of the temperatures, we've hit bottom. we are going to warm up about 20 degrees, i'll tell you where. second thing, another ice storm developing in the midwest. a big picture, the snow and ice
from yesterday is done, chicago finally picking up their inch. we are seeing a few lake effect snow showers coming off of lake michigan, but kind of negligible. washington, d.c., you're waking up looking out connecticut avenue and georgetown and some snow showers. that should be done by 9:00 this morning, as well. the next ice storm is developing for chicago. we do have a winter storm watch for chicago, supposed to be beginning tomorrow morning through monday morning. let me play it out for you. here's denver, a little piece of this energy that's the snow falling in the rockies is going to break off. and watch what happens as we head toward sunday, we're going to watch about noon, 1:00 tomorrow morning, this energy area with ice. that pink delineating where the ice is begins to move in. and then sunday night, you can see about 9:00, it's ice for chicago. and why it's ice is not snow is the air at the ground is below freezing, but the air at a higher altitude is above freezing. so it's kind of coming down not as snow, but as liquid. and then freezing on the ground and that's where we're seeing
once again. and then watch from sunday into monday, the this with ice and snow moves into the northeast. we'll get that. but then we'll kind of move through that. in terms of the temperatures, look at chicago, 44 on monday, only in the 20s today. the access of that warming moves eastward. so cleveland in the 50s, louisville at 70, they were just ensconced in ice. and then on wednesday, raleigh, richmond in the 70s. the access of the warmth pushes eastward and we pick up about 20, 25 degrees. by midweek next week, we're all a lot warmer. >> we'll take what we can. >> as soon as we can. >> thank you. >> sure. burt reynolds is in intensive care this morning in a florida hospital. the 76-year-old is being treated for the flu. a representative says the star of "gun smoke" and "deliverance" was suffering from dehydration. he is expected to be moved to a regular room very soon. hope he does well. we've got much more ahead this hour. >> here's what's coming up.
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this is zoey badell. she is one of the plaintiffs in the aclu lawsuit to allow women to fugt ight on the front line. are you pleased with this decision? even though potentially not all of the positions will be open to women, some could remain closed. >> absolutely. this is a positive step forward. and we want to see how this steps up. this is a huge step in the right direction. and we're glad it's happened. >> one of the things that has gotten a lot of attention ever since this announcement and even well before this, sexual assault, certainly a concern for female troops. not just by enemy troops, we know that, but among their own ranks. i want to share some numbers with our viewers this morning. numbers coming from the department of defense shows that more than 3,000 reported sexual assaults occurred in 2011. secretary panetta said that number was probably closer to 19,000. so what is your take on this? does adding more women into
stressful situations concern you at all? is there enough protection? >> no, sexual assault is definitely an issue in the military. it's both for men and women and something they need to take seriously. but the response to that is not to take away women's equality within an organization and deny them rights or make them more second class citizens. the response is to treat them as full equals and to say, no, we're not going to tolerate this behavior. it's not acceptable, these are members of our organization and we don't treat people that way. and once the military really embraces that attitude, that's when you'll start seeing some of these numbers come down, i think. >> i want to bring in someone else here. elaine donnelly, the president of the center of military readiness. elaine, good morning. we have said that -- >> good morning. >> -- lives could be lost unnecessarily because of this announcement. explain that. >> well, because we're talking about the infantry battalions that attack the enemy, special operations forces. although women like zoe have
been serving with courage, we honor and respect them for their service in harm's way. we're talking now about the tip of the spear battalions. in that environment, women do not have an equal opportunity to survive or help fellow soldiers survive. and there's 30 years of studies to back that up. as far as the issue of sexual assaults are concerned, wow, that's a huge problem. and it's getting worse. but you don't make it better by transferring all of the issues that involve sexual assault into those infantry battalions. in fact, when general dempsey suggested the opposite, maybe this is the answer. no, general, that'll only make it worse and there's no reason to do that. and i'm also concerned about what about the enlisted women they don't want this? what about men who can't speak out about this? general dempsey also said if the standard's too high, then we'll question why is the standard so high? that means that gradually, incrementally standards will be lowered, they will be equal, but lowered and we won't have the same tough training for the
infantry we have now. >> let me get back to your first initial comment there. are you saying that women are not as qualified as men? >> i didn't say qualified. they can serve and they are. in the positions where they are in support roles, where their talents are used best. but in the infantry, physical standards do matter, physical capabilities. and 30 years of studies have backed this up. but i'm a little curious. we know that when the marines open the infantry officer course asked for volunteers, they asked for 90, only got two, one woman lasted not even a full day and the other a few more days after that. so if the test didn't work out and we respect them for trying, where is the results of the rest of the tests? the marines have not been forthcoming on this. the department of defense really doesn't allow the -- >> let me -- >> members of the joint chiefs to be fully candid. >> let me jump in here because you mentioned zoe and she's still with us. what is your reaction to what elaine is saying?
>> well, there's a couple of things in there. in regards to the marines test. two people does not represent the entire marine corps. and these women were asked to go to a grueling three-month school where when they came out of it, they still weren't infantry officers. they were taking the risk without any of the reward and all of the downside. i don't think you can gentlize abo generalize all women everywhere. we're not asking for quotas for women, we're not asking for a set number of women. we don't want the standards lowered, we want the women to have a chance to compete to meet those standards. and some women won't be able to do it just like some men can't do it. again, regarding the sexual assaults, you know, pulling women out of society because there's danger to them is -- we haven't been able to do that for years. that's the approach they've taken in iran or saudi arabia. i don't think that's where we
want to go in america. >> the defense department has called for quotas, they call them diversity metrics, and promotions will be denied to male officers if they don't support diversity metrics. regardless of your intent, zoe, or what is being said today, this is how it's going to play out. to have what is called a critical mass, or what general dempsey described as significant -- >> how -- >> this is not about individual rights, this is about group rights, it's about pushing the diversity agenda and using our military to promote a social agenda and put lives at greater risk. >> let me ask you, elaine, about these comments by john mccain. he thinks allowing women to partake in this way is a great idea. he says they should be recognized for their service for the military. i mean, how is it -- this is a man who speaks from a wealth of experience. so what do you say to that? >> right. well, i agree with the last part. women are promoted at rates equal to or faster than men.
and it's been that way for decades. but surely he knows better. he talked about navy s.e.a.l.s. this is not a g.i. jane movie with demi moore. no, it would just complicate matters. when you complicate matters in close combat, attacking the enemy, that's when lives are put at greater risk than they need to be. it's not fair to the women, it's not fair to the men. this is not just a gift to women for valentine's day. >> let me give zoe the last word here. >> regarding the promotion matter, i think women have been treated very equally. you're not seeing for quotas for women at the top because they're not doing a very good job of filling them if they are. even women serving in wider roles, promotion will still be -- the people who are the best will rise to the top. that wasn't happening under the old policy. regarding the unit cohesion, those are some of the same
arguments they made when they integrated racially when they repealed don't ask, don't tell. and frankly even when they opened other units to women. so when women were suddenly allowed to fly in combat aircraft. and those arguments have always proven to be bunk with all the past situations. maybe they're not perfectly analogous. we're doing just an injustice to the women who are serving and who have served and who will continue to serve well. >> thank you, both, for talking about this this morning. appreciate your time. >> thank you. >> thanks for having us. are you doing your grocery shopping tomorrow? maybe just running errands? well, if you plan on paying with your credit card, you might want to do that shopping today before a new credit card fee kicks in. we'll tell you why. can help lowr cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy.
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some very scary moments from people onboard this turkish plane. look at this. see the sparks. the passengers felt the plane shake. this was not just turbulence, it was lightning hitting the jet. can you imagine looking out the window and seeing that? then the plane's engine caught fire. and one passenger, we know, took the video during the terrifying moments in the sky over turkey. fortunately, the pilot managed to land the plane safely. just because no one can fly the dreamliner doesn't mean boeing is going to stop building it. the company is still building the plane at its facilities in washington and north carolina at a rate of five planes a month. analysts say a full production shutdown until the end of government's probe would be just too costly. the dreamliner's currently grounded because of an faa investigation into electrical fires. facebook ceo mark zuckerberg
is doing more than hitting the like button for chris christie. zuckerberg will host a fundraiser for christie's re-election bid set for february 13th. a facebook spokeswoman said zuckerberg and his wife are big fans of the republican governor's efforts to encourage kids to remain in school. all right. starting tomorrow, it might cost you a little bit more each time you check out with your credit card. as much as 3% more. >> that's right. it's, i guess, part of a settlement between the credit card companies and the merchants. usually when you buy something and use a credit card, the merchant is the one who pays the fee to the company, and that could be 3% of your total bill. but now, merchants have the option of charging you that fee instead of paying it themselves. >> it won't be in every state. but chances are it will be in your state. look at this map. the states here in blue, they
prevent the surcharge -- do i have that right? it's every state but chances it won't be here. only ten states have laws that prevent this kind of surcharge. >> don't get too worried just yet. some analysts think the largest retailers like target or costco, they won't actually participate in this. but, because that's because a price increase would go against their cheaper than the competition appeal. >> and i thought about this, everything you buy, that extra 3%, i've been trying to rack up miles on my credit card then just pay it off. now i'm going to rack up fees. >> apparently this is only mastercard and visa, and american express is out of this. if the store or merchant wants to take american express, they won't put these extra charges on you for mastercard and visa, as well. so -- >> okay. >> we'll see what happens with that. but keep an eye out, sunday, there's supposed to be a notice in the front window there of the shop. so we'll see. keep your eye open. a sheriff takes out a controversial radio spot to warn people to arm themselves. now some public officials are
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